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  • Playground safety - back to basics
    Proludic
    Keeping kids safe in the playground Despite our best efforts, accidents can still take place in playgrounds, but there are steps that we can take to minimise risk. There are many ways that we can turn playgrounds into...
  • Paving the way to shareable, more pedestrianised cities
    Marshalls - street furniture
    Sometime in urban history the status quo ante for streets and public spaces was replaced by the idea of segregating pedestrians and vehicles, with cars squeezing pedestrians off the streets, making it impossible to walk and...
  • Music therapy for children with special needs
    Percussion Play
    Outdoor musical instruments in the playground provide a non-threatening and fun outlet for creative and emotional expression and through the medium of music many essential life skills can be learned. Music can have a...
  • Latest anti-littering strategy - its affect on councils
    Amberol
    It is estimated that 62% of people in England drop litter. Although these figures are alarmingly high, statistics show that 90% of sites in England are deemed by the government to have an acceptable level of litter. So why...
  • Non slip decking for balconies and residential areas
    Marley Eternit
    Non slip decking for balconies and residential areas Specifying decking for residential balconies brings its own set of challenges. For the resident, an aesthetically pleasing outdoor space is the priority. For the...
  • It’s time we went wild
    Harrowden Turf
    The UK population is rising fast, and with a finite amount of land to be used for housing, infrastructure and food production, the pressure is on for native flora and fauna. Landscape architects, parks and gardens managers,...
  • Low maintenance landscaping that supports biodiversity
    Harrowden Turf
    Landscape designers are under a lot of pressure to delivery biodiversity, beauty, sustainability and easy maintenance all at once. It’s a challenge. Probably the easiest approach, should a client demand low maintenance, is...
  • What role do SUDS play in green infrastructure?
    Marshalls - street furniture
    Romy Rawlings examines the role that sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDs) play in green infrastructure. With over 5.2 million properties in England at risk of flooding, SUDs should be a part of an integrated strategy...
  • Growing wildflowers in Scotland
    Harrowden Turf
    Stewarts Turf in Scotland are part of Harrowden Turf and have recently added Meadowmat wildflower turf to their product portfolio. In this article we look at the pros and cons of including wildflowers in garden design, green...
  • Fundraising for new play area projects
    Sovereign Design Play Systems
    Put the Fun in Fundraising by getting staff, pupils and parents involved and organise an event which can not only raise necessary funds for a new project but help bring communities together. Fundraising is a fantastic way to...
  • Planning and designing a deck
    Hoppings Softwood Products
    Planning is probably the most important issue to get right with decking to ensure good results. Select the location of your deck carefully, having regard for privacy and sun, shade or wind. Decks built in highly shaded...
  • A guide to the benefits of urban trees
    GreenBlue Urban Ltd
    Over the last decade, the activities of numerous charities and public sector organisations (eg Trees for Cities, The Forestry Commission and Natural England) have helped to put the creation of sustainable urban forests...
  • Why do schools need acoustic fencing?
    Jacksons Fencing
    At any school, there will be times during the day when the student population will be outdoors, whether this is before and after lessons, at lunchtime, or during PE. But with many schools located in populated areas, it’s...
  • What to consider when installing metal railings on walls
    Alpha Rail
    When thinking about what to consider when installing metal railings on a wall, the main ones are cost, appearance, the likely usage and the stability of the existing wall. The main fixing options when installing metal...
  • Code for geosynthetics and steel meshes
    Road Surface Treatments Association
    A new code from the Road Surface Treatments Association (RTSA) points the way forward for future development of geosynthetics and steel meshes Cracking in asphalt roads and pavements is one of the biggest problems faced by...